Published: Jan. 28, 2022
Photograph taken in early 1946 shows (left to right) Dr. Ernest O. Lawrence, Director of the University of California Radiation Laboratory, Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, head of the Chemistry Division of the Laboratory, and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist on the Berkeley facility. c. 1946

The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP) is pleased to announce the selection of Fellows for the 2022 Cohort. Established in 2017, OSELP is a distinguished Fellowship Program that brings together exceptional leaders to explore the complexities, challenges and opportunities facing the National Lab system and the Department of Energy (DOE).


The fifth OSELP Cohort consists of 33 individuals representing all 17 of the DOE National Labs, with professional backgrounds spanning technical, operational, and strategic domains. Selection as an Oppenheimer Fellow is a highly competitive process. Candidates are nominated by National Lab Directors, assessed by a committee of former National Lab Directors and former senior DOE officials, and accepted into the program by the National Laboratory Directors’ Council (NLDC).


As the premier leadership development program of the NLDC, the Oppenheimer program is building the National Lab leaders of tomorrow. Through an extensive series of virtual and in-person site visits to National Labs, OSELP immerses its Fellows in the singular breadth, diversity, and complexity of the National Labs, DOE, and their partners, providing them with a unique opportunity to engage deeply with senior National Lab leadership and explore innovative ways to improve the DOE and National Lab collective enterprise.


Throughout the program OSELP Fellows benefit from the experience and advice of program mentors who are drawn from former Lab Directors, former senior DOE officials, and other highly distinguished professionals. Engagement with these senior leaders is expected to have a transformative impact on the perspectives and career trajectories of Cohort members.


Throughout the year, the Fellows develop think-pieces that address major organizational, policy, scientific, or other challenges within National Labs’ mission space. Think-pieces are presented to the NLDC and other senior leaders at a capstone event that closes the program in December in Washington, D.C.


Our congratulation to the following individuals that comprise the 2022 Oppenheimer Cohort. 


  • Chelsey Aisenbrey, M.B.A., PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of Laboratory Planning and Performance, Ames Laboratory
  • Kate Anderson, M.Sc., Chief of Staff, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Mei Bai, Ph.D., Accelerator Directorate Deputy Director for Science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Dave Brannegan, M.S., Director, Decision and Infrastructure Sciences (DIS) Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Julie Carrera, Ph.D., Deputy Division Director, Strategic Security Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Ian Cloët, Ph.D., Deputy Division Director and Theory Group Leader, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Sydni Credle, Ph.D., Technology Manager, Sensors & Controls; Strategic Planning, Efficient Energy Conversion, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Ram Devanathan, Ph.D., Director, Energy Processes & Materials, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Ahmed Diallo, Ph.D., Deputy Director Innovation Network for Fusion Energy; Head of the Advanced Diagnostics Development Division, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • James Dunlop, Ph.D., Associate Chair for Nuclear Physics, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Brian Egle, Ph.D., Section Head, Distinguished Scientist, Group Leader and Weinberg Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Julianna Fessenden, Ph.D., Deputy Division Leader for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Matt Garrett, M.S., Director, Technology Transfer and Private Partnerships, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Simerjeet Gill, Ph.D., Group Leader, Nuclear Science and Technology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Thomas Han, Ph.D., Group Leader, Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Elizabeth Hoffman, Ph.D., Director of Innovation and University Engagement, Savannah River National Laboratory.
  • Natalie Holder, J.D., Chief Diversity Officer, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Catherine Hurley, P.E., LEED AP, ISSP-CSP, Strategic Planning and Sustainability Program Manager, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Christine King, M.B.A., Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, Idaho National Laboratory.
  • Julie Mitchell, Ph.D., Director, Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Kathryn Mohror, Ph.D., Parallel Systems Group Leader, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Ryan Ott, Ph.D., Deputy Division Director, Materials Sciences and Engineering, Ames Laboratory
  • Bill Pike, Ph.D., Director, Computing and Analytics Division, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Jonathan Russell, M.B.A., Associate Lab Director for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Dolores Sanchez, M.S., Senior Manager in the Weapons System Engineering, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Sanjaya Senanayake, Ph.D., Chemist with Tenure, Chemistry Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Stephen Smith, M.B.A., Jefferson Science Associates – Performance Assurance Manager, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
  • Tracy Spooner, M.S., Division Director, Campus Development, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Laura Stonehill, Ph.D., Scientist, Space Science & Applications, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Francesca Toma, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Liquid Sunlight Alliance Program Lead, PEC Technology Lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Jao van de Lagemaat, Ph.D., Center Director/Principal Scientist, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Robert Wagner, Ph.D., Director, Buildings and Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Sam Zeller, Ph.D., Deputy Head, Neutrino Division, Fermilab

OSELP is managed on behalf of the NLDC by the University of Colorado Boulder. Professor Kevin Doran serves as the Program Director. Inquiries about the program should be directed to Professor Doran at  More details about the program and alumni fellows may be found on the OSELP website.